MILLIMETER SPECTROSCOPY OF URANUS AND NEPTUNE - CONSTRAINTS ON CO ANDPH3 TROPOSPHERIC ABUNDANCES

Citation
T. Encrenaz et al., MILLIMETER SPECTROSCOPY OF URANUS AND NEPTUNE - CONSTRAINTS ON CO ANDPH3 TROPOSPHERIC ABUNDANCES, Icarus, 124(2), 1996, pp. 616-624
Citations number
19
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Journal title
IcarusACNP
ISSN journal
0019-1035
Volume
124
Issue
2
Year of publication
1996
Pages
616 - 624
Database
ISI
SICI code
0019-1035(1996)124:2<616:MSOUAN>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Abstract
Spectra of Uranus and Neptune have been obtained in the 190-310 GHz fr equency range (i.e., 6.3-10.3 cm(-1), wavelength range 1.0-1.5 mm), wi th a Fourier transform spectrometer at the Caltech Submillimeter Obser vatory, The data, with a spectral resolution of 7.2 GHz, were analyzed in a search for CO and PH3. Neither the CO (2-1) transition at 230 GH z nor the PH3 (1-0) transition at 267 GHz were detected. The absence o f a detectable absorption feature at the position of the CO (2-1) line favors a CO tropospheric mixing ratio lower than 5 x 10(-7) in Uranus and 1.0 x 10(-6) in Neptune (3 sigma limits). In the case of Neptune, a tropospheric mixing ratio of 6 x 10(-7) seems to be in best agreeme nt with all the existing low resolution data for CO. In the case of Ur anus, a PH3 enrichment by more than a factor of 4 can be excluded, The re is no evidence for strong PH3 supersaturation in either Uranus or N eptune. (C) 1996 Academic Press, Inc.